PROJMGNT 5004 - Risk Assessment and Management
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 5004 Course Risk Assessment and Management Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School Term Trimester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Intensive in Trimester; up to 3 hours per week in Semester Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description Risk is inherent in projects of all scale. This course provides students with the knowledge required to identify, manage, and monitor project risks using ISO 31000 and principles of systems thinking. Through local and international real world examples, students will consolidate the principles of risk management as applied during the various phases of large projects, programs, and mega projects. Students will gain the ability to act on early warning signs, using a systematic methodology to ensure that they are able to maintain project control in accordance with schedule, budget, and quality. Students will also consider methods for researching, identifying, managing, and communicating project risks to equip them with the competence required to lead or participate in project risk management teams.
Course Coordinator: Dr Richa Gulati
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Identify the core types of project risks; 2 Use qualitative and quantitative risk assessment methods; 3 Competently use risk simulation techniques and other risk analysis tools/methods and work in a group to create a risk management plan based on the ISO 31000:2009; 4 Identify a range of risk management issues/challenges and the risks as complex systems cascade and be competent to initiate potential actions in response; 5 Demonstrate continued learning and personal development; 6 Recognise ethical, social and cultural issues and their importance for project managers.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Recommended but not required textbooks:
Marchetti, A.M. (2012), Enterprise Risk Management, Best Practices, Wiley.
Bowden, A., Lane, M., and Martin, J., (2001), Triple Bottom Line Risk Management, Wiley.
Recommended ResourcesThere is a wide range of material on the course topic available. The following provides some additional reading guidance if you are interested in reading further on the topic.
Chapman, Chris and Ward, Stephen 1997 Project Risk Management, Wiley Chorafas, Dimitris 2001 Managing Risk in the New Economy, New York Institute of Finance Clark, Kim & Wheelwright, Steven 1993 Managing new Product and Process Development, HBS Cooper, Robert 2001 Winning at New Products, 3rd Edition, Perseus Publishing, Cambridge Massachusetts Crawford, C Merle, and Di Benedetto, C Anthony 2000 New Products Management. Irwin McGraw-Hill Deschamps, Jean-Philippe and Nayak, P Ranganath 1995 Product Juggernauts, Arthur D Little Gray, Clifford & Larson, Erik 2000 Project Management, McGraw-Hill. Hardy, Karen 2015 Enterprise Risk Management, Wiley Jolly Vijay 1997 Commercialising New Technologies, Harvard Business School Press Louisot, J-P and Kethcam Christopher 2014 Enterprise Risk Management - Issues and case studies, Wiley McGrath, Michael 2001 Product Strategies for High Tech Companies, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill Pickford, James 2001 Mastering Risk, Volume 1: Concepts, Financial Times Smith, Preston G and Reinertsen, Donald 1995 Developing Products in Half the Time, Van Nostrand Reinhold Van de Ven, Andrew, Polley, Douglas, Garud, Raghu, & Venkataraman, Sankataran 1999 The Innovation Journey, Oxford UP
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
Learning Activities SummaryThis is a draft schedule that may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
session Content 1 Introduction to Risk and why we need to Manage our Risks 2 AS/NZS/ISO 31000:2009 – Risk Management Standard 3 Applying the Risk Management Process 4 Discuss Assignment 1; Examples and tools; Case Study 5 Introduction; Presentation of Assignment 1, Project Selection (under uncertainty) 6 Systemic Risk; Enterprise Risk; Complex Systems; Health and Safety Risk 7 Establishing effective Risk Management 8 Discuss Assignment 2; Discuss Assignment 3 ; Case Studies & additional examples Risk Management Magazine http://newsletters.keymedia.com.au/5843.aspx
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An overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:
# Assessment Task Task Type Length Weighting Learning Outcomes 1 Risk Management Plan (25%)
and presentation, 10-15 slides (5%)
Group 1500 words per person 30% 1-5 2 Risk Register Individual See MyUni 20% 1-4 3 Systemic Risk Individual 2,500 words 40% 1-3 4 Class Participation Individual N/A 10% 1-6 Total 100%
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Assessment DetailRisk Management Plan and Risk Register
Form groups of 4-5 people and complete a risk analysis and management plan for a project of one of the members of the group. You may use the approach of AS/NZS/ISO 31000:2009, with the addition of Critical Success Factors, or Bowden, Lane and Martin’s approach.
Presentation of Risk Management Plan and Risk Register
Present your risk management plan and risk register. Discuss the top 10 risks and explain why you have decided on the chosen treatments. The presentation is to be shared amongst the group.
Enterprise Risk Management Framework
From the list of articles in MyUni Readings for Assignment 2 write an Enterprise Risk Management Plan for a company and context of your choosing. The plan should be designed so that an Executive can effectively manage enterprise level risks within the organisation.
Purpose is to research current trends in the theory and application of Risk Management at the systems level. Review a project or system where risk management has gone wrong. Review the consequences which have occurred at the system level and comment on the cascading effects. Did the organisation or enterprise have the risk appetite for the consequences? Use the learnings from the second intensive where applicable to examine the way risk has been managed. Critique the techniques used in the organisation against those discussed in scholarly papers. Where could things have been improved?
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